Pastoral Care

 
F rom the moment a girl arrives in Reception, she will be embraced by the close and caring community that summarises the Old Vicarage. Her class teacher and teaching assistant will ensure she feels at home and the very high teacher-to-pupil ratio means that no one is overlooked.

Our small class sizes ensure that, as she progresses through the school, each girl can be focused on.  Her teachers will pick up quickly the need to extend, perhaps in very specific areas, the most able and quickly pick up and support any difficulties.  We also ensure that her concerns are addressed quickly, perhaps in Circle Time in a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lesson or individually.  The Old Vicarage has a school wide programme of attributes, such as Honesty or Consideration, which form the focus of assemblies and PSHE lessons, providing guidance and timely reminders that underpin life in the school.

The younger girls are assigned buddies – girls who are three years older – who will befriend them in the playground, much as an older sister would, as well as join them at key moments of the year for events and outings. This establishes security and leads to some long lasting and very loyal friendships.

Our School Council, run by the Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl, collects suggestions from all the girls in the school, via the class reps, and gives a voice and responsibility to them all. Recent suggestions have led to playground games, a climbing wall, and ideas to include on the lunch menu.

All Year 6 girls are prefects and will help to run the school; from supervising movement around the school, leading playground games, serving lunch, to helping to organise sports fixtures and helping in the library. Some prefects are attached to our younger classes and provide valuable help in the mornings. The girls relish the responsibility and rise to the challenge.

Our houses, Burney, Elizabeth, Houblon and Sheridan; named after notable figures in the history of the building or Richmond – bind the girls together. Numerous social and competitive events on a house basis are organised each year and rewards for good work, behaviour, kindness and courtesy are counted towards the prestigious house cup presented annually at the year end.

Year 6 Residential Trip to PGL Bawdsey Manor

Last week saw the return of our Upper School residential trips! Our Year 6 girls had a brilliant week at PGL Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk. They did many exciting activities including orienteering, climbing, archery and assault courses. In the evenings there were...

Buddy Easter Egg Hunt!

Our girls braved the cold weather this morning for their annual Buddy Easter Egg Hunt at Terrace Gardens. It was great to see so many chocolate smiles! 🐣🍫

Year 3 Spring Concert – The Lorax

Year 3 brought one of Dr Seuss’ most powerful stories to life for their Spring Concert this year, ‘The Lorax’. The story detailed a cautionary tale about our duty to protect our precious planet. The girls mastered the whimsical Seussical rhymes and sang their hearts...

Lights, Music, Action…ABBA!

Our Year 4 girls delivered an amazing performance on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as they sang five of ABBA’s most popular hits from the seventies.  The stage was awash with colour, bling and smiles as the girls swayed and twirled their way through the songs.  Their...

Chinese New Year

This week our girls filled the corridors with their brightly coloured outfits as we celebrated Chinese New Year.  They had a fun filled day making paper lanterns, dragon puppets and calligraphy writing.  They were even treated to a delicious Chinese feast at...

Year 3 trip to the Science Museum

This week our Year 3 girls visited the London Science Museum. They explored Space, The Science City, Information Age and Mathematics exhibitions before engaging in the interactive Wonderlab! The girls thoroughly loved the hands on FUN science activities, which engaged...

Old Vicarage School Carol Service

Our Carol Service really is one of the best evenings of the year, showcasing our talented girls in Years 3 to 6, with every girl in their final year having the opportunity to sing a solo or give one of the readings. St John the Divine is a lovely spacious church, and...

Lower School Nativities

The culmination of the Autumn Term was four great Christmas stories told by our pre-school and Lower School in their own unique ways.  Considering there were many Covid absences in the lead up to these performances, the girls really pulled together and did incredibly...

Year 2 trip to The Poppy Factory

Following Remembrance Sunday, on Monday our Year 2 girls visited The Poppy Factory. They learnt all about how they manufacture the iconic poppy pins and wreaths used during Remembrance and the special meaning behind them. They even had a chance to make their own! They...

Reception trip to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

On Monday, our Reception girls visited Battersea Park Children's Zoo. The children learnt all about the different animals living there by our wonderful Zookeeper Sue. They saw monkeys, owls, pigs and even two emus called Ant and Dec! They also had time to play in the...